Eric Robertson joined the Salem, Oregon, firm Saalfeld Griggs. He will work with the employee benefits and corporate practice groups. (October 2017)
Laura Zaro joined the firm Olsen Daines as an associate attorney. She will be doing bankruptcy and litigation there. (October 2017)
Amanda (Peterson) Afshar JD/MBA’17 joined the firm Saalfeld Griggs in Salem, Oregon. She is an associate attorney in the estate planning practice group. (October 2017)
Abby Fitts joined the Employment Law and Litigation practice group with Saalfeld Griggs, PC.
Shangar Meman joined the Portland civil litigation firm Hart Wagner LLP as an associate. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, professional liability, commercial litigation, and premises liability. (July 2017)
Christopher Day joined Washoe County, Nevada, as a deputy district attorney.
Rachel Staines joined Fetherston Edmonds in Salem, Oregon, as an attorney.
Christina Andreoni continues to work as a corporate attorney at Alta Planning + Design, Inc., in Portland, Oregon.
Corey Driscoll joined Hendrix, Brinich & Bertalan LLP in Bend, Oregon, as an associate. His practice focuses on wills and trust drafting, probate and trust administration, wrongful death probate procedures, guardianships and conservatorships, special needs trust planning and long-term care planning. (July 2017)
Arash Afshar JD/MBA’15 joined the firm Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP in Salem as an associate attorney in 2016. His practice focuses on business and corporate law, secured transactions, creditor’s rights, real estate and land use. He and Amanda (Peterson) Afshar JD/MBA'17 were married on October 7, 2017, in West Linn, Oregon. (October 2017)
Jonathan Grindell created the sole proprietorship Solidarity Legal in the Seattle area. The focus is on defending immigrants facing deportation, harm reduction, and prison abolition. (September 2017).
Alexandra Robins joined the Seattle City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor. (October 2017).
Colin McMahon appointed by the Washington State Bar Board of Governors to a three-year term as the Snohomish County Representative on the Washington Young Lawyers Committee.
Andrea Turner joined Reynolds Law Firm in Corvallis, Oregon, where she will practice family and appellate law.
Allie C. Overton joined Gevurtz Menashe in Portland, Oregon, where she focuses on general family law.
Layla McLean joined Buckley Law, PC, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, as an associate attorney with the Estate Planning team. Her practice focuses on estate planning and administration for taxable and non-taxable estates, business law, and real estate transactions. (September 2017)
Stephen Scott ’10, JD’13 joined the Portland, Oregon, office of Fisher Phillips. He will represent employers in employment-related administrative claims, including wrongful termination, wage and hour laws and discrimination. (August 2017)
Ariel (Vee) Dreher, with her husband, Adam Dreher, welcomed son Daniel Adam Dreher on March 25, 2016, in Tualatin, Oregon. He weighed eight pounds, six ounces.
Erin Morris married John Burgess JD’10 in May of 2015. They welcomed baby James Hugh Burgess in March of 2016, and she began a new job as an associate attorney with the law firm of Gearing, Rackner & McGrath, family law firm in Portland, Oregon.
Erin Dawson elected to the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Krystl (Mitchell) Murphy, 32, passed away unexpectedly on February 28, 2017, due to a cyst erupting on her brain. At the time of her death, she was working as an assistant attorney general in Washington. She is survived by her husband of nearly three years, Mark Murphy, and many family and friends.
Russ Getchell elected secretary of the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Rafael Colin '03, JD'10 continues to work as an administrative prosecutor for the Bureau of Labor and Industries. He was previously a training and development specialist there.
Katelyn Skinner joined Buckley Law, P.C. as an associate attorney in their Family Law group.
Andrew J. (Drew) Diener continues to practice with Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, a full-service, AV-rated law firm in Prescott, Arizona, since June 2011. He works primarily in the areas of domestic relations and probate. Drew is also a member of the Prescott Kiwanis Club and serves as Co-Chair of the Club's Youth Services Committee.
Brook Reinhard hired as executive director of Public Defender Services of Lane County, Inc., in Eugene, Oregon.
David M. Goldthorpe appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to the position of Malheur County District Attorney, effective January 2017.
Lindsey (Burton) Schultz JD/MBA'09 appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter. She also serves as treasurer for the organization.
Kristie Gibson elected for Region Two to the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates. She is serving as chair-elect of the Oregon State Bar Corporate Counsel Section.
Daniel Rice elected vice president of the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Shannon Snow elected to the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Rachel Kittle continues to run the mentoring program she founded, Leadership Launch. The program seeks to help at-risk youth get into and succeed at college.
Kattarina Simons left the active-duty Army JAG Corps and Germany in the summer of 2014 and spent time in the Army Reserves. She and her family returned to the Pacific Northwest in early 2016. She began work in January 2017 as a tax review officer/administrative law judge for the Washington State Department of Revenue.
Christopher Carling joined the Oakland, California, firm Kerley Schaffer LLP as an associate, where his practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in insurance bad-faith litigation.
Larry Barsukoff '03, JD/MBA'07 joined JW Industries Group as their new chief operations officer and senior vice-president. He is also the company’s general counsel.
Annie L. Robertson elected a shareholder of Lane Powell. Robertson concentrates her practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance and governance, venture capital and private equity investments, and fund formation.
Maria Schmidlkofer's firm Willamette Valley Estate Planning and Probate, LLC, joined with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. She will continue to focus on estate planning.
Naomi (Levelle) Haslitt named to the Portland Business Journal's 2017 "Forty Under 40" list. (May 2017)
Cristin Casey assumed the role of chief prosecutor for the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries in September 2017. (September 2017)
Mia Thibodeau named a shareholder with Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A., of Duluth, Minnesota. She practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the areas of municipal financing, general municipal law, divorce/family law, estate planning, trust and probate.
Sarah A. Badten joined Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot in Anchorage, Alaska. Her litigation practice has a primary focus on representing homeowner and condominium associations, as well as advising on contract and real estate disputes, creditor rights, secured transactions, landlord-tenant law, employment law and commercial litigation. (January 2017)
Jeff Auxier appointed by Gov. Kate Brown as Columbia County District Attorney. (June 2017)
Jenn Gaddis named administrative law judge for the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She will start the position September 1, 2017. (August 2017)
Leila R. Kimbrell hired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85 to serve as her new state director, based in Anchorage. She has practiced law in Alaska for the past decade, and from 2013-15, she served as a policy advisor to Sen. Murkowski in her Washington, D.C., office. (September 2017)
Megan I. Livermore received the 2016 President's Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Oregon State Bar. The award recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession.
Sasha Buchert hired as a staff attorney by Lamda Legal in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Lamda, Buchert was a staff attorney and policy counsel at the Transgender Law Center. (June 2017)
Rachel Kittson-MaQatish named one of Linn-Benton Community College's distinguished alumni at a reception in April 2017. She graduated from LBCC in 1991 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University before attending Willamette Law for her JD. She is a partner at Morley Thomas Law Firm in Lebanon, Oregon. (October 2017).
Melissa Tahir JD/MBA'05, a partner at Hart Wagner in Portland, Oregon, named in the 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers magazine to the 2017 Rising Stars list. She was also honored in the Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category. (October 2017)
Erik Borgen JD/MBA'04 joined WestWater Research, a Boise provider of water marketing, water asset valuation, and transaction services, as Northwest regional director.
Sam Sears elected president of the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Brian Lathen elected to the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Lindsey Stern Beallo and her family welcomed baby Aurora in January of 2016. After practicing public law for more than a decade, she is putting law work on hold to continue her birth doula practice and begin a somatic therapy master’s program in 2017 so she can further support women and families.
Casey Hoyer started a private practice, Hoyer Law Firm, in Lehi, Utah.
Reid Okimoto admitted as a partner at KPMG LLP in Seattle.
Chad Sleight appointed to succeed retiring Judge James Swanger on the Clark County (Washington) District Court beginning in March 2017. To retain his seat, Sleight will have to run for election in November 2018. (March 2017)
Kirstin (Fjeld) Dutcher joined Jill Eshman Law in Ketchum, Idaho, in July 2017. Her practice focuses on family law, estate planning and administration, probate and civil litigation. (July 2017)
Kristin Bremer Moore appointed to chair Tonkon Torp's Labor & Employment practice group. Bremer Moore joined Tonkon Torp in 2006 and was named as a partner in 2011. (July 2017)
Deb Lush will serve as past president of the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Vesna Dodge promoted to vice president and regional manager of the Kennewick, Washington, office of Baker Boyer.
Nicole Hancock selected by Idaho Women Lawyers, Inc., as the 2017 recipient of its Kate Feltham Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and minorities within the legal profession and legal justice system in Idaho.
Matt York chosen unanimously by King County Council to fill vacancy in King County Southeast District Court. He was sworn in on April 10. He previously worked as a Seattle Assistant City Attorney and Precinct Liaison Attorney-East and served as a pro tem judge for the cities of Issaquah, Kent and Kirkland.
Teresa Miller nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in May 2017 to serve as the inaugural secretary of the state's prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services. She has served as insurance commissioner since January 2015.
Sharon Holbrook appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to the District Court in the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties).
Liani Reeves '98, JD'01 elected to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors for Region Five. Her term begins January 1, 2017, and ends on December 31, 2020. She was named shareholder at Bullard Law in Portland, Oregon, in April of 2017. (April 2017)
Steven R. Powers was named judge by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for position seven on the Oregon Court of Appeals. His appointment began on July 17, 2017. (July 2017)
Stacy Chamberlain named executive director of Oregon American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees in Portland, Oregon. Chamberlain had previously served as interim executive director for the council. (August 2017)
Crystal Miller-O’Brien reappointed to the California Law Revision Commission by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. She has served on the commission since 2011 and has been corporate counsel at Medical Management Consultants Inc. since 2006. She is also a pro tem judge for LA County Superior Courts. (September 2017).
Vicki Smith recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her competence in insurance litigation. (October 2017).
Larry Linder elected to the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Todd Hanchett elected to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Membership is by nomination only and limited to 1,000 practicing lawyers and corporate counsel in the U.S. Hanchett is one of only 11 FDCC members in Oregon. He is an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon. (August 2017)
Heather Van Meter JD/MBA'98 elected to the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Theressa Hollis won the 2017 Oregon State Bar’s Public Service Award. She is secretary of the OSB Elder Law Section’s executive committee and president of the board of trustees for the nonprofit Guardian Partners. She is also a partner in the elder law and estate planning firm Fitzwater Meyer Hollis & Marmion in Portland, Oregon. (September 2017)
John Case elected to the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Scott Kauffman founded California Lemon Lawyers in 2004. He is the California chairperson for the National Association of Consumer Advocates and recently spoke at the National Consumer Law Center's annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference on the topic of maximizing Magnuson Moss claims for consumers.
Stacie Y. Meisner '94, JD'97 joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP as of counsel. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration, and guardianships and conservatorships.
Erika Wilson named partner of Hart Wagner LLP in Redmond, Oregon. She represents medical providers before their licensing boards in addition to focusing on claims of product liability, premises liability, automobile and trucking claims, governmental liability, and general liability.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee JD’76 appointed Anne (Mowry) Cruser JD’97 Cowlitz County fifth Superior Court judge. Cruser fills a newly established seat on the court. Previously, she was a supervising attorney for the appellate division at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. (August 2017)
Adam Hardwicke formed a new law firm in Burley, Idaho with his wife, Jennifer Dockter. The firm of Dockter and Hardwicke will focus on criminal law, family law, immigration and general civil litigation. (August 2017)
Donato B. Masaoy III hired by Goldberg Jones in Portland, Oregon, as an attorney.
Steven Williams promoted by Standard Insurance Company to assistant vice president and associate counsel of Insurance Services Group Legal in Portland, Oregon.
Jason Rosen started Rosen Resolution, PLLC, in Seattle with a focus on mediating municipal, personal injury, and civil rights claims.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown appointed Christopher A. Ramras judge for position 15 on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. The appointment was effective July 17, 2017. (July 2017)
Douglas W. Lytle joined Klinedinst in San Diego as an attorney practicing intellectual property law.
Judge Valeri L. Love MBA'92, JD'95 received the 2016 President’s Membership Service Award from the Oregon State Bar. The award honors attorneys for contributions made to the profession.
Tracy Prall appointed presiding judge for Marion County Circuit Court beginning January 1, 2017.
Valerie Snyder appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to serve as 7th Probate Court judge for Charlevoix and Emmet counties. She has been in private practice since 1996, focusing on real estate and estate planning. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Frederick Mulhauser. (June 2017)
Brian McQuaid named vice president and general counsel at Base Commerce in Tempe, Arizona. For more than 16 years, he was a litigation partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Phoenix. Base Commerce is a provider of integrated payments solutions for computer-based service providers and billing services. (September 2017)
Karna Gustafson hired as vice president of government affairs and legal counsel for the Central Oregon Builders Association in Bend, Oregon.
Jason Corey selected by The Dalles city council as the city’s new municipal court judge in April. (April 2017)
Skip Winters recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his competence in construction litigation. (October 2017).
Jennifer S. Robertson was featured by the Bellevue, Washington 425Business magazine as one of six dynamic women impacting their community. Robertson is a city councilwoman for Bellevue and a managing attorney for Northwest Urban Law, PLCC, in Mercer Island, Washington. (September 2017)
Heidi Biggs joined the Sky Lakes Medical Center board of directors in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Jan Bennetts received the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Willamette University at Alumni Weekend 2017. The citation recognizes Willamette grads who, in professional achievement and service to their communities, represent the university in an exemplary manner by embodying its highest ideals as exemplified in its motto. Bennetts is the first woman to hold the post of prosecuting attorney in Ada County, Idaho. (September 2017)
Jim Green hired as executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association.
Karlin Scott Myers practiced law in state and federal courts in Oregon, Idaho and Utah for 15 years before his appointment to the bench in Utah’s Fifth Judicial District in 2005. He recently published his first book titled, “Ezekiel James, Lawyer Prophet.” (July 2017)
Kristin Richardson elected to King County Superior Court bench in Seattle.
Judge Audrey Broyles elected to the Marion County Circuit Court in November of 2016. The court held an investiture ceremony January 5, 2017. (January 2017)
Russell D. Garrett elected managing shareholder of Jordan Ramis PC, Attorneys at Law, in Portland, Oregon. Garrett is a member of Willamette Law's Leadership Cabinet. (August 2017)
Nancy (Veltkamp) McAllister JD/MBA'87 appointed to South District Court judge for Pacific County in Washington.
Jonathan Mayes appointed senior vice president of external affairs and chief diversity officer for Albertsons Cos. in March of 2017.
Carol Barker, 61, passed away on March 21, 2017, due to complications from a severe spinal cord injury suffered more than 40 years ago. She earned her JD from Willamette Law in 1987. She worked for the Oregon Court of Appeals and then opened a private practice focusing on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Carol was very active with her church, Salem Alliance, leading Bible studies for more than 25 years and authoring nearly 40 Bible study guides. She is survived by her parents, siblings, and many nieces, nephews and other extended family, as well as her many caregivers.
Maggie Margaret Muller, 57, passed away on Aug. 26, 2017, in Longview, Washington. She was born and raised in Fowler, Indiana and received her BA in English literature, philosophy and physics from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1982. She went on to earn her JD from Willamette Law in 1987. She was passionate about politics and the rights and needs of all US citizens. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Clay Patrick, and her sisters Betsy and Rebekah Muller.
Danny Santos confirmed by the Oregon Senate as a member of Southern Oregon University's Board of Trustees. He retired from his position as associate dean for student affairs and administration at Willamette University College of Law in September of 2016.
P. Gregory "Greg" Frey continues to manage Hawaii's largest divorce and family law firm with 10 attorneys and 19 support staff. He serves as a director and board president of his high school's Alumni Association, as a trustee of the same high school, and on his university's National Alumni Board of Directors.
Judge Daniel Hill promoted to brigadier general with the Oregon National Guard. Hill will also serve as assistant to the chief counsel of the National Guard Bureau and an advisor to the judge advocate general of the Army, beginning June 1. While not on duty, Hill is an Umatilla County circuit court judge. (May 2017)
Linda B. Clapham elected shareholder at Carney Badley Spellman, a Seattle law firm. (June 2017)
Jesse Barton edited the practitioner’s manual, “Still at War: A Guide for Defenders, Prosecutors, & Judges Dealing with Oregon’s Veteran Defendant Crisis.” The manual is a joint publication of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the state’s Veterans Defense Resources Center. (June 2017)
Deborah Periman received the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors 2016 Distinguished Service Award for years of outstanding service to the membership of the Alaska Bar Association.
Brock Stiles appointed in July 2015 to serve as the Sedro-Woolley Municipal Court Judge. He continues to practice law at Stiles Law Inc. P.S. in Sedro-Woolley, handling personal injury, workers’ compensation, estate planning and probate matters.
Judge Trevor N. Stephens appointed by Alaska Chief Justice Craig Stowers to presiding judge for the First Judicial District in Alaska.
Daina Vitolins appointed judge by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court encompassing Crook and Jefferson counties. Vitolins fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams. (June 2017)
Joseph Schierhorn JD/MBA'85, named president and CEO of Northrim BanCorp Inc., the parent company of Northrim Bank in Anchorage, Alaska, where Schierhorn will continue to serve as president and CEO. (June 2017)
Rebecca Hillyer elected treasurer of the 2017 Marion County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Gregory P. Razo is vice president of government contracting and heads up Cook Inlet Region, Inc.'s efforts pursuing minority-preference, small business contracts in Anchorage, Alaska.
Deni Starr published a novel, "Below the Belt," with Silverleaf Publishing. The book is a contemporary crime drama and mystery set in Portland, Oregon.
Ray Baum appointed staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden. The committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, energy and telecommunications policy.
Rob Sullivan teaches Property Transactions at Lewis and Clark Law School.
Brian Witt selected by his peers for the second time to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America and the 2017 Best Lawyers in the Pacific Northwest for Financial Services Regulation Law. He practices with the Portland, Oregon, firm Farleigh Wada Witt.
James Horne continues to serve as the chief hearing officer in Washington since his appointment by the Washington Supreme Court in October 2015.
Douglas S. Parker recognized with a top ranking in the 2017 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers placed Parker in Band 1 for Alaska, the guide’s highest distinction. Parker is office managing shareholder in the Anchorage and Portland, Oregon offices of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. (June 2017)
Stephen H. Buckley nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon Senate to serve a three-year term as a member of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Board.
Michael Sandoval serves on the Board of Directors of the Portland Rotary Club.
Judge James Swanger retired from the Clark County District Court in Washington in February of 2017. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clark County Bar Association in the same month.
Jim Balkins JD/MBA'79 joined the Board of Directors for Healthwise in Boise, Idaho. He retired from his executive role with the company in 2016.
Kent Hansen received an honorary doctorate from his undergraduate alma mater, La Sierra University, in Riverside, California. Hansen serves as general counsel for Loma Linda University Health. (June 2017)
Thomas D. Miller received the BPA Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor from the Bonneville Power Adminisration, an agency under the US Department of Energy, in March 2017. The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to BPA's mission through excellence in their chosen field for 10 years or more. Miller is a BPA Legal Services attorney-adviser and has been with the agency for 36 years. (August 2017)
Thomas C. Peachey elected to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors for Region One. His term begins January 1, 2017, and ends December 31, 2020.
Bruce Campbell continues to serve as the chair of the Product Liability National Practice Group at Perkins Coie.
Christy Cufley, 63, passed away on November 11, 2016, after fighting a courageous battle with breast cancer. She grew up in Seattle, graduated from Willamette Law in 1978, and spent her professional and volunteer career in public service.
Rodney Norton, a partner at Hart Wagner in Portland, Oregon, recognized in 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers list for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense. (October 2017)
Chris Lillegard retired from Chris L. Lillegard Attorneys at Law in Dallas, Oregon.
Albert Menashe received the Classic Wines Auction Koerner Rombauer Award for Service in March of 2017. The award is given annually to recognize individuals who have consistently served, funded, and supported the Classic Wines Auction and its benefitting charities.
George M. Jennings, a 42-year member of the Oregon State Bar, was recently celebrated as the 2016 First Citizen of the City of Salem. Jennings has served as a member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, chair of a school board, and in leadership positions for various charities and nonprofit organizations in Marion and Polk Counties. (September 2017)
Mary K. Hughes reappointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. She has served on the board since 2002, and this term will end February 2, 2025.
Judge Gregory Tripp JD’73 retired from the Spokane County District Court in September 2017 after serving on the bench for 20 years. He plans to spend more time with his family and hobbies during retirement. (September 2017)
Allen Lyons retired from his law practice at Lyons Lederer in Salem. He plans to spend retirement with family, traveling and doing volunteer work. (September 2017)
Edward J. Sullivan reappointed to the Amicus Curiae and Legislation and Policy Committees of the American Planning Association, a nonprofit membership organization of planners and planning officials dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning.
Robert E. Maloney Jr. reelected as the Oregon Zoo Foundation’s chairman of the Advocacy Committee and to serve on the Executive Committee of its Board of Trustees. He was also appointed a member of the Volunteers of America’s National Lawyers Advisory Council. (October 2017)
Neal Bell continues to enjoy retirement. When he’s not on the cycle or the ski slopes, he runs a tree farm.
Marty Wolf '57, LLB'60 continues to work as a consultant to the company he founded in 1981, Nationwide West Marketing Group. He participates as a member of the Willamette Law Leadership Cabinet and plays golf and tennis. He also enjoys playing piano and is working on a CD of original compositions. He remarried last June to his wife, Francesca.
Robert E. “Bob” Thompson, 88, passed away on January 2, 2017, in Reno, Nevada. He lived most of his life in Oregon, graduating with a degree in forestry from Oregon State University in 1950 and with a law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1958. He practiced law in Beaverton for 40 years and was named the city’s “First Citizen” in 1968. He also volunteered time with the Oregon State Bar, Portland Community College, and AARP.
Bill Arthur Galbreath ‘54, LLB’57, 87, passed away on Sept. 13, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. He was born and raised in Sherwood, Oregon, where he grew up on the family onion farm with his eight brothers and sisters. His attendance at Willamette University was interrupted by his enlistment into the Army and completion of Officer Candidate School. Upon his discharge, he finished his undergraduate and law degrees at Willamette. He practiced law in Milton-Freewater, Oregon for more than 20 years, including service as a municipal court judge. In the mid-1980s, he returned to the Portland area and continued to practice. During the last several years of his life, he began farming again. He is survived by a sister, nieces and nephews, his four children and their spouses, as well as several grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Judge Richard D. “Dick” Barber, 88, passed away on December 5, 2016. Following his appointment to the bench in 1974, he served as a Circuit Court judge in Marion County until his retirement in 2003. He held the distinction of being the only circuit judge to preside in every county in Oregon. He also performed more than 5,000 weddings during his career.
Meredith “Van” Van Valkenburgh, 88, passed away on August 16, 2016. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1953 and moved to The Dalles to work with his brother-in-law, who was then district attorney. He practiced law there for more than six decades, continuing to practice up until a few months before his death.